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Counseling Center offering telehealth, Zoom appointments

Counseling Center offering telehealth, Zoom appointments

Rhonda Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief September 22, 2020

Thomas Longwell, director of the Counseling Center, said he hasn’t met anyone who isn’t struggling right now. “COVID fatigue is real,” Longwell said. “It’s hard and it’s as hard on us...

The COVID-19 pandemic has left students facing numerous uncertainty about classes, graduation, housing and more. The uncertainty has taken a toll on their mental health as they find ways to cope with the sudden life change.

Students face mental struggles while social distancing

Riley Guerzini and Nik Cunningham March 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has left students facing numerous uncertainty about classes, graduation, housing and more. The uncertainty has taken a toll on their mental health as they find ways to cope with the...

The approximately 40,000 square foot Wellness Center will connect to the south side of the Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center with the goal of centralizing university services and making them more accessible.  

New details released on future wellness center

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief February 5, 2020

A new Wellness Center will be expected to be built with the goal of centralizing university services and making more accessible. The Wellness Center will house the University Health Center, Counseling...

Lack of counseling resources need more effective solutions

Lack of counseling resources need more effective solutions

Josie Jeffries, Staff Writer December 3, 2019

The difference between high school counselors and college counselors is the size gap.  The largest high school in Indiana is Carmel High School, which has 5,000 students and 16 counselors. But while...

Senior Psychology major Claire Ellis at the front of the demonstration on Wednesday.

Students protest lack of Counseling Center resources

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer November 14, 2019

Most finals involve writing essays or studying for a big exam but in the Community Psychology’s class, it hosted a walk and sit-in to bring awareness to improvements to the Counseling Center and...

VP of Student Affairs addresses Counseling Center concerns at town hall

VP of Student Affairs addresses Counseling Center concerns at town hall

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor November 13, 2019

Vice President of Student Affairs Khalilah Doss answered anonymous faculty questions and took comments from the crowd at the second town hall Nov. 13. Doss mentioned that Student Affairs is currently...

Students face mental health hardships as semester winds down

Students face mental health hardships as semester winds down

Rhonda Wheeler, News Editor October 29, 2019

Suicide rates are at an all-time high for U.S teens and young adults. and dealing with mental health has become one of the university’s main priorities. Over 5,000 males and 1,225 females between...

Khalilah Doss

New VP focused on remaining student-centered

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief September 10, 2019

Khalilah Doss remembers a different campus when she came to USI as an undergraduate. Doss, who competed on the track and field team at McKendree University, noticed a large discrepancy in the number...

Finding new ways to offer help

Finding new ways to offer help

Group counseling created in response to waiting list, needs of students
Jeana Everhart, Staff Writer April 2, 2019

Christina Zolezzi’s mother was hospitalized the summer before her freshman year of college. The sophomore nursing major said as she began college, she struggled with the burden of needing to speak...

Letter to the editor: emotional support animals

January 25, 2018

Dear Editor: After reading the recent piece in The Shield about emotional support animals, the staff of the USI Counseling Center feel that it is our professional responsibility to share some important...

Members of the international club sipped tea and ate cookies while discussing the stresses of the semester Wednesday afternoon. The Counseling Center pairs with the International programs office to put on the monthly event.

Chai Chat offers more than just tea

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor September 11, 2017

Students grasped ceramic mugs, hot tea swirling around their tired eyes Wednesday afternoon. College can be a time of high stress for some students. For international students, not only is...

Help is real, hope is real

Sarah Rogers, Opinion Editor February 21, 2017

Reeling from personal loss, broken friendships, depression, and the transition of coming to college for the first time, Katie Biggs decided she no longer wanted to live. The junior psychology and creative...

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